Jul 22, 2019
Today, I am joined by one of the
most brilliant Chiropractors, Functional Fitness expert, and
Nutritionist, specializing in Advanced Metabolic Nutrition, Dr. Don
Clum. Unlike what’s known in the medical world, his approach in
Diabetic Care and other metabolic syndromes such as obesity has
shown remarkable results.
In this episode, Dr. Clum talks
about his experience in the practice of Diabetic Care and Fasting,
giving focus on the important role of insulin and other hormones in
our body. We’ve also talked about the fasting process and how our
metabolic organs play vital roles in keeping our body healthy. He
shares a few powerful messages. One of which is that
“The goal of fasting is
not to just get through it, but to actually have the ability to do
I hope you enjoy this episode as
much as I do!
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During our discussion, you’ll discover:
[2:24] Dr. Clum’s interesting childhood
grew up in a family of chiropractors
- As a
teenager, he really did not want to be one until he was bribed by
his father to attend a seminar and eventually enjoyed a studio
night lead by a group of chiropractor students.
then went to Atlanta Georgia to take a Bachelor’s degree in
Nutrition and LifeWest in California to take his Chiropractic
eventually influenced his daughter to be a chiropractor too by
bringing her in chiropractic seminars.
- Growing up, he and his siblings were raised in
a healthy environment.
grew up attending college seminars as family vacations and did not
use medications often.
[7:12] Dr. Clum’s life as a chiropractor in Costa
gives credit to Shawn Dill who authored the law that regulates the
practice of chiropractic in Costa Rica.
lived eight years in Costa Rica working with universities and
olympic athletes mostly.
[10:59] Dr. Clum’s story of getting into his passion for
started back when he was diagnosed with skin cancer back in Costa
his background in nutrition, he studied more about diet and
was able to heal himself with a change of diet and
10 years, realizing the problem in obesity and diabetes, he opened
a Wellness Center in Spain providing different programs such as
weight loss, fast fitness, and metabolic syndrome
[14:54] Introducing his model in the
Warren White, an owner of a Population Health Company, partnered
with him to provide his services in a larger scope of
had to study and research diabetes holistically to back up his own
diabetes prevention program as it completely opposed the ADA
fought for the recognition that the insulin-based model is the more
effective approach in diabetes.
[20:31] ADA’s Diabetes Prevention Program vs. Dr. Clum’s
is a traditional model and focuses on regulating blood
- It is
based on low fat, low calorie, small frequent meals and snacks,
increasing physical activity and medication.
study showed that it does not prevent diabetes, but only postpones
Clum’s program focuses on controlling the root cause of diabetes,
- Insulin sensitivity decreases symptoms of Type
also promotes weight loss – visceral and non-visceral, which is
vital in treating diabetes.
[26:39] Diabetes is not irreversible, degenerative
- Diabetes is seen in the medical world as
irreversible degenerative disease and requires life-long management
of blood sugar.
traditional approach treats the symptoms, but if you shift in the
insulin-based model, the opportunity to reverse diabetes is
[28:12] The major role of hormone Insulin in Weight loss
- According to Dr. Clum, “Weight loss in itself is
order to treat Type II diabetes, the diabetic patient needs to lose
only 1 gram of fat out of the pancreas.
resets the metabolic mechanism of the pancreas.
not the caloric intake; it’s the insulin that plays in weight
60’s and 70’s, there are a lot of studies about weight management
that revolves in the law of thermodynamics or
“calories in = calories
out”. However, they are
not effective for everyone. It is random and never
- Insulin-based program in treating diabetes is
more complex than calories in = calories out
- Patients who already tried the traditional way
of managing diabetes were advised to eat more rather than eating
less to get their metabolism to a certain point before the
[36:30] The concept of fed and lean state
- In a
constant fed state, the insulin is up all the time.
- Eating is any time our body consumes
average American is in a constant fed state, eating about 17-23
times a day.
you fast, your body becomes in a lean state.
you fast, your body starts to repair damaged cells in your
- Damaged cells are getting rid of or reused as
[41:15] Dr. Clum’s 30-day of fasting
fasting started from 3 days and gradually progressed into 30
did not experience hunger and cravings.
experienced fat and muscle loss, losing about 20
[44:30] Negative connotations in fasting – muscle
wasting and not getting through it
- There’s no need to be afraid of muscle wasting
as muscle comes back and recovers, as seen in athletes as
goal of fasting is not to just get through it, but to have the
ability to do it.
you train and prepare physically and mentally, you can do
[47:48] How much of an impact has eating high healthy
fat, low carb diet been for his patients, especially diabetic
diet is commonly used to control snacking.
has seen keto diet to be effective in losing 60 pounds in 8
- Healthy liver and pancreas is vital in order to
get the health benefits of the keto diet.
[51:48] Skin as a metabolic organ
skin makes 50% of men’s testosterone.
women, it makes up 75% of their estrogen and in menopause, it makes
skin has a huge role in cancer and insulin resistance.
[53:15] Vitamin D can be an indicator in detecting
- Vitamin D and Insulin resistance has an inverse
your Vitamin D is low, you are insulin resistant.
[55:24] Dr. Clum’s current projects
AND MUCH MORE!
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